Album Review: FlyMix Vol.1 – Fly Von

After his lenghty hiatus, FLY VON made a blazing return with his remake of Migos’ GNF and Roddy Ricch’s Boom Boom Room, both taken from his latest project, ‘FlyMix Vol.1’.

The 13-track set sees this DMV spitter takes on the hits of hip-hop heavyweights such as Drake, Da Baby and Young Thug and guide us through variations of trap-hop tones which, at times, work in perfect unison with chilled, laid-back 90s hip-hop/R&B influences. The rumble of the catchy b-line serves as the main attraction throughout the set which occasionally gives that extra Timbaland-esque spice.

Previously known for producing pure tranquil chill-hop numbers, this guy has reinvented himself into a super fierce wordsmith, armed with a razor-sharp delivery which thunders straight through the braggadocious bars.

All I have left to say is Sir Fly Von, welcome back to the limelight…check him out below…

Must Listens: GNF, Drip Too Hard, Flip The Switch, Whats Poppin, Dior

EP Review: The Guild of Artisans – Redd Tunes Productions

Producer Rob “Redd Tunes” Brazao’s second project of the year, ‘The Guild of Artisans’  is the perfect chill out escapism from lockdown.

A melodic haziness of boombap/hip-hop works its way through the set, with guest emcees’ delivery easing through the tranquil bars.

One thing that certainly didn’t go unnoticed is the dopely askew vocals in intro track, ‘Distance’ by MansasWorld.

For all you hip-hop heads out there, it’s to immerse yourself into Redd Tunes’ ‘The Guild of Artisans’. This guy has been in the game for over 30 years, so you’re about to listen to some quality stuff…hit that play button below…

Must Listens: Distance by MansasWorld

Mixtape Review: Beats And Pieces: Volume Two – Joshua Luke Smith

JOSHUA LUKE SMITH‘s latest mixtape, ‘Beats And Pieces Volume Two’, stemmed from a difficult time when his wife and his father were in hospital – at the same time.

The result of his latest set could have been predictably dark and melancholic. Instead a soothing and comforting presence of soulful boombap runs throughout the best part of the collection, with Joshua’s lucidly smooth delivery adding some hope and optimism.

Tracks ‘Joy’ and ‘Circles’ provides another dimension to the set with intensively imitate arrangements, prompting the prospective listener to really home in and resonate with the message in each productions.

Now this guy has produced the entire mixtape under a month – he wrote the lyrics of each song in a hospital waiting room whilst being with his wife and father. Joshua gets my utmost respect as, in a time of distress, he produced a stunning collection that displays an unflappable appreciation for life.

‘Beats And Pieces, Vol.2’ should be a reminder to us all that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel…no matter how hard life gets…Check it out below…

Must Listens: Meaningless, Spinnin’, Stay

EP Review: The Slience EP Vol.1 – Blessin F

Upon trailing out BLESSIN F‘s latest project, ‘The Silence EP Vol.1’, I was so sure this was a making of a rapper, perhaps from Atlanta or Florida, with at least five years worth of tracks underneath his belt. Then I checked his bio and to my surprise, the EP is his debut effort and he’s actually from Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The mini set wastes no time and starts with explosive elements of the increasingly popular trip-hop sound fused with modern swing soulful/R&B, which momentarily adopts a Latin-esque flair in second offering, Faults & 6lamez. Duets of rapid-fire flows and alluringly laid-back vocals is another main feature in the EP, giving that extra kick in tracks ‘6east’ and ‘6attlefield’ and ‘Separate Ways’. Further along the EP, the swing R&B becomes prevalent and catchy (listen to ‘Summer Drip) which goes down a tempo or two, to create laid-back summery vibes in concluding track, ‘Separate Ways’.

Blessin F has created an amazing debut and should be deservedly tipped as a R&B/hip-hop sensation on an international scale…don’t hang about, check him out below…

Must Listens: 6attlefield, Summer Drip, Separate Ways

Album Review: Layerz – King Blitz

A build up to an infectious drive that he’s renowned for introduces KING BLITZ‘s latest album, ‘Layerz’, which smoothly shifts to different fusions of afterhours R&B/hip-hop, where at times blitz’s- and his line-ups’ – flow could travel as fast as a bullet.

Still keeping it on a chilled tip, Blitz introduces some trap-hop soundscapes in ‘Fonts’ and some old school vibes in ‘Pulpit’ both possessing a menacing drive, giving both tracks some real meat.

It’s hard not to like ‘Layerz’ as, from the start of the collection, it has what it takes to generate some serious heat among die-hard fans of hip-hop…add this badboy to your collection. Check out ‘Layerz’ below…

Must Listens: Warm, Ex, Options, Pulpit